In the Junior Division, students ages 5-12 with beginning or intermediate musical experience build their skills and gain confidence in encouraging and creative rehearsal environments and performances.
The Junior Division of the National Children’s Chorus consists of the Prelude Level, the Minuet Level, and the Concerto Level. The Junior Division performs in two showcase concerts each year at National City Christian Church in Washington, DC. Explore below for additional details on each of these ensembles.
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Prelude Level

Ages 5-6, no experience needed
Members of the Prelude Level are introduced to the thrilling world of music in a fun and interactive class designed to open up the ear and explore the possibilities of musical expression through listening and moving. Basic vowel formation, proper posture and the beginnings of breathing technique are taught, while the foundation of the Kodály Method is set.
Nicole Anderson
Associate Conductor
Lucia Schaefer
Kodály Instructor

Member Information

The Prelude Level in Washington, D.C. rehearses at National City Christian Church at Thomas Circle on Tuesday afternoons. The Chorus is in session from September through May, and does not have rehearsals during the summer months of June, July and August. Please read below for more detailed information about scheduling and tuition, which will also be covered thoroughly during the application process.
Prelude Level
  • Rehearsal Schedule
    Tuesdays, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Location
    National City Christian Church at Thomas Circle
  • Curriculum
    Concert Training
    Music Theory & Sight-singing Class
  • Performances
    Two performances per year (Winter and Spring) at National City Christian Church
  • Tuition
    Approximately $169 per month.
    Need-based scholarship awards are available to qualifying families.

Minuet Level

Ages 7-8, no experience to some experience
Members of the Minuet Level are introduced to the formal structure of a choral ensemble—seating, rehearsal protocol, choral tone and blend. Musical terms are taught and used freely in an environment where students are encouraged to be curious, ask questions and seek answers. Vocal technique, vowel formation, breathing, diction and phrasing are emphasized in order to create a beautiful sound, while sight-singing intervals and rhythms will be practiced in Kodály training.
Leah Murthy
Associate Conductor
Lucia Schaefer
Kodály Instructor
Justin Fitch
Associate Pianist

Member Information

The Minuet Level in Washington, D.C. rehearses at National City Christian Church at Thomas Circle on Tuesday afternoons. The Chorus is in session from September through May, and does not have rehearsals during the summer months of June, July and August. Please read below for more detailed information about scheduling and tuition, which will also be covered thoroughly during the application process.
Minuet Level
  • Rehearsal Schedule
    Tuesdays, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Location
    National City Christian Church at Thomas Circle
  • Curriculum
    Concert Training
    Music Theory & Sight-singing Class
  • Performances
    Two performances per year (Winter and Spring) at National City Christian Church
  • Tuition
    Approximately $179 per month.
    Need-based scholarship awards are available to qualifying families.

Concerto Level

Ages 10-12, some experience to much experience
Members of the Concerto Level represent the highest levels of skill and maturity within the Junior Division. Students are expected to possess advanced skills and knowledge in the areas of tone, vowel formation, diction, breathing technique, and musicianship. From here, students are taught high-level choral and vocal skills, including singing in 2-part harmony within the context of complex repertoire that will include texts in foreign languages. Advanced Kodály Method skills will be employed as part of the curriculum that preps children for promotion to the Senior Division ranks.
Dr. Ingrid Lestrud
Principal Associate Conductor
Lucia Schaefer
Kodály Instructor
Shafali Jalota
Private Voice Instructor

Member Information

The Concerto Level in Washington, D.C. rehearses at National City Christian Church at Thomas Circle on Tuesday afternoons. The Chorus is in session from September through May, and does not have rehearsals during the summer months of June, July and August. Please read below for more detailed information about scheduling and tuition, which will also be covered thoroughly during the application process.
Concerto Level
  • Rehearsal Schedule
    Tuesdays, 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Location
    National City Christian Church at Thomas Circle
  • Curriculum
    Concert Training
    Music Theory & Sight-singing Class
    Private Voice Instruction
  • Performances
    Two performances per year (Winter and Spring) at National City Christian Church
  • Tuition
    Approximately $189 per month.
    Need-based scholarship awards are available to qualifying families.